Columbus pest control business owner guilty of workers’ comp fraud

wallace photoDavid Wallace of Columbus (Franklin County) appeared in court this week and was ordered to repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) $10,000 in restitution for running a pest control company while receiving benefits for a workplace injury.

BWC’s Special Investigations Department initiated an investigation after receiving an allegation that Wallace was running a pest control business while receiving disability benefits. The investigation found evidence proving Wallace was the owner/operator of Discount Pest Control, and was actively working as the sole employee while intentionally concealing his activities from BWC in order to continue receiving benefits.

Wallace appeared in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas on Feb. 23 and pleaded no contest to a first-degree misdemeanor count of workers’ compensation fraud. Judge Holbrook  found him guilty and in addition to ordering $10,000 in restitution, sentenced Wallace to 180 days in jail, suspended for 60 months of Community Control.

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